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WONDER MAKES US ILLUMINATE AUSTIN

We brought the sights, sounds, colors and smarts of the Sonoran Desert to South by Southwest®, and we can't wait to do it again in 2023! Check back for recaps and full talks, and keep an eye out for next year's plans.

Wonder House Recap

Links to full talks and highlights added below. 
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THANK YOU, SXSW 2022!

We had an amazing time at SXSW, and we are bowled over by Texas hospitality. Tucson loves Austin, and we will be back with bigger and better in 2023. Thank you again to everyone who attended, and if you missed us, check back for highlights and full talks.

Fogo de Chao, 309 E 3rd St, Austin, TX 78701
11:00 am–Midnight, March 11-13, 2022
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Fogo de Chao

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SPEAKERS & INNOVATORS

Join University of Arizona visionaries as they coalesce to discuss tech, culture, film, music, and more at one of the largest conferences in the world.

INNOVATORS EXPERIENCES


* We're adding new experiences and speakers. Come back to see what's new at the WONDER HOUSE.

TIME* LOCATION EXPERIENCE*
10:30 a.m. ALL Doors Open
Daylight Front Door Seeds of Wonder. Jessica Gonzales, voted Tucson's Best Muralist and UArizona BFA graduate, will be painting a 30-foot tall mural in front of Fogo de Chao all weekend long when the light is good.  
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and
5 – 8 p.m.
Bar/Lounge &
Rooftop Bar
Fogo de Chao's tasting menu and bar. Experience our partner's rich heritage of Churrasco from Southern Brazil. 
Sign up on site Podcast Studio

Lifetimes of Listening. Come in, sign up, and share your most important memories of how music has shaped your life.
Friday Night Movie Podcast. On the Rooftop and in the Studio, join Shai special guest host, Alli Korman, at their family dinner table as they argue about the latest movies and TV shows and reflect on life. 

11 a.m. –
8 p.m.
 
Surround Stage Surrounded by WONDER

Between speakers, overwhelm your senses through a series of immersive short films:
MONSOON VI by Mike Olbinski. Experience the terrible beauty of the desert monsoon time lapse while staying dry.
StellarScape by Kay He, Chris Impey and Win Burleson. Through dance, music and interstellar visualizations, witness the birth of a star.
Sonoran Surroundscape by Hunter Lohse, Alizabeth Potucek, and Christian Galindo. 

11 a.m. – 8 p.m. VR Bar 360 Virtual Microcinema. Imagine you are at the center of the action. With these 360 VR film shorts, young filmmakers surround you with horror,  insanity, and daily life dramas. The action is all around you.
Frontiers of Space in 3D. Walk into and through some of the largest telescopes on and above Earth.
11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Digital Oasis

Ripple Effect. Artist Dorsey Kaufmann makes water contamination beautiful and easy to comprehend.
Currents. Alex Turner's border wall game cameras capture many unexpected things at night.
Wasl (Union). Sama Alshaibi's work examines connections between cultures under threat of displacement.

Black Hole Bites. Astronomer Chris Impey explains all the space-time concepts you need to know to understand black holes in bite-sized bits.

All day Rooftop SHAPE of Tucson. Gather round a column to experience sights and sound of the Sonoran Desert. See it change as the ambient light and sound change, adapting to its environment.

TIME* LOCATION DISCUSSION*
10:30 a.m. ALL Doors Open
Various Meet at the Wonder House Awe Walk With Us
Take a moment during the hustle of SXSW to creatively explore and document the awe-inspiring heart of Austin. Awe walks are affordable, accessible, and uplifting, and have been shown to reduce stress and promote emotions like empathy and compassion. Join Jennie Gubner and Sydney Streightiff who will teach you how to use creative prompts to enhance awe walking as they send you out to help them document awe in Austin. Stay tuned for details! 
11 a.m. Rooftop Stage

Naturally Adaptive Building Tech: Aletheia Ida
Future building technologies can be sustainably based on the fundamental mechanisms of the natural ecology – specifically, nature’s ability to adapt to change. Explore the Sonoran Desert’s natural laboratory and view prototypes for intelligent and adaptive building mechanisms. 

12 p.m. Surround Stage Building Machines That Understand Humans: A Hybrid Conversation between Adarsh Pyarelal and Winslow Burleson
“ToMCAT,” the Theory of Mind-Based Cognitive Architecture for Teams, is a DARPA-funded project aimed at developing artificial intelligence with a ‘theory of mind,’ and creating AI that is a good teammate to humans. 
1 p.m. Rooftop Stage
Moved to Surround Scape
Solar Decathlon as Catalyst for Innovation: Jonathan Bean
Leader of a successful Solar Decathlon Build Challenge team, Jonathan will help us  understand the quiet design revolution that could change the way we live by how we design climate-responsive housing.
2 p.m. Rooftop Friday Night Movie Podcast Walk Up. Walk-up and join the Podcast! Tell us about your latest work, sound-off on your favorite films and shows, play the pod’s signature games, and walk away with official swag.
2 p.m. 
NEW TIME!
Rooftop Stage
Moved to Surround Scape
Be. Here. Now. Inside a Social Media & Ourselves Podcast, Pt 1: Diana DalyGabe Stultz, and Jacquie Kuru

Even when we’re live in person, we’re surrounded by streams of online checkins and selfies. What sounds, sights, and feels mean being here together, what are we willing to do to experience them, and how do their digital echoes transform them? Join the iVoices Student Media Lab as we learn, listen and produce a story-driven episode about the thrill and desperation of being “at” an event like SXSW. Part 2, 3p.m., Sunday.

3 p.m. Surround Stage Reimagining Opera for the Future: The Andrée Expedition: Cynthia Stokes & Peter Torpey.
A conversation with the producers of this 360° VR Opera prototype where an audience 
of one experiences the tragedy unfold from virtual pack ice. 
4 p.m. Surround Stage When When Touch Is Out of Reach: Kory Floyd & Mary-Frances O'Connor.
Social interaction and interpersonal affection are important human needs that have gone unfulfilled for many during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, more than ever, we need to be intentional about how we meet our needs for connection and touch.
5 p.m. Surround Stage Days of Drought and FloodJessica Tierney

Human emissions have driven the CO2 levels in our atmosphere higher than any time in the last two million years. We see the effects of climate change in our own backyards: drought, floods, more intense storms, and sea level rise. To get an idea of what the future holds, we can look to past climates on Earth to help us prepare for the future.

6 p.m. Rooftop Stage
Moved to Surround Scape
Gourmet InsectsGoggy Davidowitz and Chef Janos Wilder
By 2050, humans will experience a giant food gap, while nearly 30% of food produced in the US ends up in landfills. Two opportunities: demand for alternative protein sources and the need for a viable solution to food waste. Two solutions: protein-based ingredients like insect flour powered by food waste, and a new public perception of gourmet insects. Experiential culinary adventures can help!
7 p.m. Surround Stage

Gathering Asteroid Dust: Dani DellaGiustina
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission was designed without exact knowledge of the asteroid's surface, so when it arrived at the asteroid in 2018, the craft met an asteroid very different than predicted. Yet it captured a sample. Explore the engineering design principles that enabled the mission to overcome many unexpected challenges.

9 p.m. Music Stage Opening Band: Touchy.  A two-piece pop group inspired by late 70s and early 80s electronic, disco, and pop – a one-way ticket to a transdimensional synth-based dreamworld of their own ongoing design.
10 p.m. –
midnight
Music Stage Headliner: XIXA  Experience the dark, psychedelic rock-cumbia groove of this quintessentially Sonoran Desert band – a blend of Tom Waits-style vocals and irresistible dance beats.

TIME* LOCATION DISCUSSION*
10:30 a.m. ALL Doors Open
11 a.m. Rooftop Stage Authentic Voices Pt 1: A Conversation on Owning Your Voice and Claiming Space: Kendra Hyson & Kenneth J. Kokroko
Join a participatory discussion to investigate how being your most authentic self can help to shift power dynamics, bring voice to the voiceless, and foster more inclusive approaches to community-based planning, design, and social justice. 
12 p.m. Surround Stage Creative Encounters in Awe Walking: Jennie Gubner & Sydney Streightiff
Join us for an interactive deep dive into the awe walk mapping project. Recent research shows the affordable, accessible health benefits of awe walking. Learn about it, and how creative prompts, documentation, and sharing platforms can help you develop an awe-walking practice throughout your lifespan to promote healthy aging. If you came on a Friday awe walk with us, you just might find your photos here!
12 p.m. Rooftop Stage Friday Night Movie Podcast Walk Up. Walk-up and join the Podcast! Tell us about your latest work, sound-off on your favorite films and shows, play the pod’s signature games, and walk away with official swag.
1 p.m. Rooftop Stage Snap. Share. Save. How you and your smartphone can save plants and animals from extinction: Katy PrudicTheresa Crimmins
From casual backyard observers to serious outdoor adventurers, citizen or community scientists are shaping our understanding of the natural world and the regional impacts of climate change. Brought to you by the UArizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment.
2 p.m. Rooftop Stage Personalized Nutrition and Wellness: Transforming Sick-Care to Well-Care: Floyd “Ski” Chilton

One-size-fits-all illness treatment is on the brink of being replaced by individualized prevention. Our genetic makeup can affect everything from our resistance to viral infections to our risk of developing chronic disease. Using targeted metabolic and data science methods, precision nutrition can help individuals across diverse communities achieve optimal health.

3 p.m. Surround Stage Authentic Voices Pt 2: A Guided Challenge to Own Your Voice and Claim Space: Kendra Hyson & Kenneth J. Kokroko
Through a guided design challenge, we investigate together how being your most authentic self can help to shift power dynamics, bring voice to the voiceless, and foster more inclusive approaches to community-based planning, design, and social justice. Session builds on the morning session, but is otherwise independent. We encourage attendance at both. 
5 p.m. Surround
Stage
The Power of Representation in Preventing LGBTQ+ Youth Suicide: Chelsea FarrarRuss Toomey
Mapping Q is an arts-based suicide prevention program for LGBTQ+ youth in Arizona. Find insight and inspiration into how Mapping Q provides youth with the language, tools, and voice to overcome societal discrimination and stigma. The MQ research collaboration suggests the key ingredients to LGBTQ+ youth survival and thriving are access, being seen, representation, and having a voice.
6 p.m.  Rooftop Entrepreneurs Lounge sponsored by Hyliion. It's back! And it's by invitation only. Questions? Email MeatUp@RedVelvetEvents.com 
7 p.m. Surround Stage Thief Collector director, Allison Otto, and producer Caryn Capotosto, chat with Texas Tribune Editor-in-Chief Sewell Chan about the making of The Thief Collector
A behind-the-scenes look at this much anticipated documentary, premiering the next day at SXSW.
9 p.m. Music Stage Opening Band: Touchy. A two-piece pop group inspired by late 70s and early 80s electronic, disco, and pop – a one-way ticket to a transdimensional synth-based dreamworld of their own ongoing design.
10 p.m. –
midnight
Music Stage Headliner: XIXA  Experience the dark, psychedelic rock-cumbia groove of this quintessentially Sonoran Desert band – a blend of Tom Waits-style vocals and irresistible dance beats.

* We're adding new experiences and speakers. Come back to see what's new at the WONDER HOUSE.

TIME* LOCATION DISCUSSION*
10:30 a.m. ALL Doors Open

11 a.m.

12 p.m.  (weather)

Rooftop Stage The Futuristic Farms and Resilient Rooftops that are Saving Tomorrow: Kai Lepley & Kirk Dimond
A conversation on southwestern resilience and the cutting edge of feeding and energizing our cities with only drops of water. Utilizing vertical, stackable functions and learning from the intelligent patterns of nature, humans can thrive in increasingly challenging environments.
12 p.m. Surround  Stage JEDI Aquanautics: Winslow Burleson
How can we combine a lightweight, inexpensive underwater habitat with the sensing and processing power of a holodeck to bring Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion into the exploration of the oceans: the great unknown?
12 p.m.

Rooftop Stage

Bar Lounge

Friday Night Movie Podcast Walk Up. Walk-up and join the Podcast! Tell us about your latest work, sound-off on your favorite films and shows, play the pod’s signature games, and walk away with official swag.
1 p.m. Rooftop Stage Touching the Stars Sensor Demonstration: Yuanyuan (Kay) He, Devin Bayly, Hayley Meier
See and try motion sensors paired with thermal cameras through a series of interactive art modules as was used in StellarScape. 
2 p.m.

Surround Stage
Premiere Sold Out-Encore Performance at 8 p.m.

StellarScape Premiere (2 p.m.) and Producer Q&A (3 p.m.): Kay HeWinslow Burleson and Chris Impey
It’s a story of a massive star, from its birth to its death, echoing the theme of darkness and light. It’s a story about us. We are stardust brought to life. StellarScape is an immersive multimedia piece synthesizing music, dance, science, visual art, and technology. The film is an interpretation of the live performance which fused kinesthetic and acoustic sensing with cosmic simulation, in real time.

2 p.m. Rooftop Stage Be. Here. Now. Inside a Social Media & Ourselves Podcast, Pt 2: Diana DalyGabe Stultz, and Jacquie Kuru

Even when we’re live in person, we’re surrounded by streams of online checkins and selfies. What sounds, sights, and feels mean being here together, what are we willing to do to experience them, and how do their digital echoes transform them? Join the iVoices Student Media Lab as we learn, listen and produce a story-driven episode about the thrill and desperation of being “at” an event like SXSW. Part 1, 3p.m., Friday.

3  p.m. Rooftop Stage

De-Stress Your Environment and Your Life: Esther Sternberg & Rocky Crocker
Learn about the importance of lifestyle in health and wellbeing and ways to embed the 7 “core areas”, or domains of integrative health into your work environments, wherever you work. Take a peek into the future of the field, and some practical tips to incorporate integrative health principles into your everyday life to de-stress and get healthier.

4 p.m. Rooftop Stage Community-based Science for Justice and Action: Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta
Participatory approaches to research can challenge and change inequity and mistrust in science, particularly when the effort reflects the diversity of publics and does not reinforce existing inequities in science, environmental decision-making, and society. These efforts are transforming investigations, and can make sustainable structural change.
5 p.m. Surround  Stage Worldbuilding: Christian Carl, 160over90
The best brands in the world aren’t brands at all. The best brands in the world are places. Join the brand team from 160over90 and learn how they approach building worlds through creative. 
6 p.m. Rooftop Entrepreneurs Lounge sponsored by Hyliion. It's back! And it's by invitation only. Questions? Email MeatUp@RedVelvetEvents.com 
7 p.m. Surround Stage The Changing Media Landscape: Brad Slater, Talent Agent/WME
Join Brad Slater, Senior Talent Partner at WME and Arizona alumnus (Media Studies, ‘96), for an insider’s take on the unprecedented transformations reshaping the media and entertainment landscape.
8 p.m. Surround Stage StellarScape ENCORE! 
It’s a story of a massive star, from its birth to its death, echoing the theme of darkness and light. It’s a story about us. We are stardust brought to life. StellarScape is an immersive multimedia piece synthesizing music, dance, science, visual art, and technology. The film is an interpretation of the live performance which fused kinesthetic and acoustic sensing with cosmic simulation, in real time. 48 min.
9 p.m. Music Stage Opening Band: Touchy. A two-piece pop group inspired by late 70s and early 80s electronic, disco, and pop – a one-way ticket to a transdimensional synth-based dreamworld of their own ongoing design.
10 p.m. –
midnight
Music Stage Headliner: XIXA  Experience the dark, psychedelic rock-cumbia groove of this quintessentially Sonoran Desert band – a blend of Tom Waits-style vocals and irresistible dance beats.

* The University of Arizona isn't just at the WONDER HOUSE! Learn from these excellent speakers throughout SXSW: 

DATE TIME LOCATION EXPERIENCE*
March 12 2:30 p.m. JW Marriott, Salon 5 I Quit My Job to Save Local Journalism
Panel discussion with Irene McKisson, former University of Arizona adjunct professor of editing and co-founder of #ThisIsTucson
March 12 2:30 p.m. Austin Convention Center, Floor 4 Room 13AB Forget Mascots. The Native Representation TV Needs
Panel discussion with University of Arizona alumna Sierra Teller Ornelas, Showrunner, Exec Producer, Co-Creator Rutherford Falls at Peacock
March 13 11:30 a.m. Austin Convention Center, Floor 4 Room 18CD Smashing Into Asteroids: NASA's DART Mission
Panel discussion with University of Arizona PhD alumnus and Research Astronomer/DART Investigation Team Lead at Johns Hopkins APL, Andy Rivkin
March 14 11:30  a.m. Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon G Ecocide Law: How 200 Words Might Save the Planet
Panel discussion with Rebecca Tsosie, Regents Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Chair, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona
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OPENING ACT

Join Touchy, a two-piece pop group, nightly for their late 70s and early 80s synth-based dreamworld.

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Logo for the band XIXA

NIGHTLY HEADLINER

Formed in the heart of the deep American Southwest, XIXA are a guitar-slinging six-piece, uniquely attuned to the desert and their Latin roots. Combining gritty guitars, the bumping grind of chicha, and desert blues into a mesmerizing stew.